This June, The Harriet Tubman Building in Far Rockaway, Queens was commemorated with the 2022 Big Apple Brownfield Award in the Community Space category. The NYC Brownfield Partnership honored the affordable residence for its expansive shared amenities, including a 1,200-square-foot community room, a children’s play room featuring art installations by nonprofit SugarLift and a 2,000-square-foot public playground, which enrich the lives of residents and people living in the neighborhood. The 75,049-square-foot residence features 63 units of 100% supportive housing, providing residents access to tailored social services by Win (formerly Women in Need), the largest provider of supportive housing for families in New York City. The residence's on-site programs address individual medical and clinical needs, such as mental and behavioral health services, counseling targeted to support the youngest residents, educational opportunities, job and career readiness development programs and more, as many residents have come from temporary homeless shelters run by Win.
Part of The NYC Brownfield Partnership's mission is to help New York City's development community understand how to safely redevelop "brownfields"—which are vacant sites that can often contain environmental contaminants—and to acknowledge former brownfield sites that are now creating positive impacts on the community. During the redevelopment process of The Harriet Tubman Building, Related excavated and removed a total of 5,600 tons of soil/fill from the vacant site and contributed 1,780 tons of clean soil to the NYC Clean Soil Bank, which redirected it to clean soil stockpiles and construction sites throughout the city. Related is proud of the team behind The Harriet Tubman Building and for leaving a lasting impact on the lives of hundreds of New Yorkers.